Ready to Run: A Book Highlights the Journey of a Triathlete | Herald Community Newspapers
By Hannah Merwin
AAt some point in their life, every person has experienced a crisis, whether in their professional life, social life, or day-to-day life. Sometimes it feels like there is no way out of this crisis. Author and Merrick resident Hilary Topper reflects on this in her new book, “From Couch Potato to Endurance Athlete—A Portrait of a Non-Athletic Triathlete.”
Not only is she an author, but she’s a triathlete, assistant professor at Hofstra University, podcaster, blogger, and distance swimmer. She also coaches other runners and triathletes. Topper said she loved being an author and started out as a blogger, just talking about her life and experiences.
“When blogging became big in the early 2000s, I jumped into it,” Topper said. “I love blogging and have been doing it ever since. The book came out of my blog ATriathletesDiary.com. I started a column called ARunnersDiary.com, but then it turned into ATriathletesDiary.com when I started training for triathlons I had to learn to swim, cycle and run in my early 50s.
The 60-year-old Long Beach native has several upcoming book signings, including one at Carle Place that will raise money for the Social Media Association. The Social Media Association is an organization that Topper started “nearly 20 years ago to help educate the community on social media tactics,” she explained. “The money will be used to provide free programs to the community.”
Those close to Topper can see what a significant influence she has on those around her. Her son, Derek Topper, baseball data scientist at the Creative Artists Agency, said his mother’s journey was important and could be used to inspire everyone to get off the couch and commit to to exercise.
“There are so many of us in society who struggle to take the important first step of just showing up, and this story is about putting those thoughts aside and taking the first steps toward bigger goals,” said Derek. “Her story shines a light on the human condition in that we all struggle to motivate ourselves to be better versions of ourselves, and Hilary’s journey demonstrates the positive results that come when we start and grow. let’s stick to a trip.”
“The book is for anyone who feels too old or too overweight to try doing any activity,” Topper noted. “The book is for someone who feels like they’ve been shot down their whole life and hopefully will enlighten people to feel able and willing to do something outside of their comfort zone. .”
Topper has two signing opportunities on Long Island.
The first at Carle Place Barnes & Noble on August 10 at 6:30 p.m., and the second at Runner’s Edge in Huntington on August 16 at 6 p.m.